Nashville, Tenn. - Fresh off a victory over Belmont to snap a 14-game winless streak the Tennessee State Softball team travels to Cape Girardeau, Mo., to continue Ohio Valley Conference play. The Tigers come into the series at 11-31 overall and 3-18 in OVC play. The eleven wins matches the total TSU compiled in 2011, Jeff Dabney's first season. With 13 games remaining on the season, the Tigers look to improve on the mark and will take to field on Saturday for a double header with Southeast Missouri State, who sits at 19-25, 10-15 in conference play. The three game series will conclude with a single game on Sunday.
Junior Jennifer Givens leads the Tigers with 42 hits, a .311 batting average and 31 stolen bases. Junior Tedra Alford has been a spark for TSU during the streak as she batted .405 increasing her season average 60 points to .297. Alford is tops with 23 runs scored, eight doubles, two triples, and two home runs. Freshman Shea Morris is 8-18 with a team best 3.39 ERA. Morris continues to lead conference in strikeouts as her total has reached 156.
Southeast Missouri (19-25, 10-15)
2011 Record: 31-30
Conference: Ohio Valley
2011 Finish: 17-12
Series Record: 7-48
Last Time Played: 2011, Lost 0-10
Last Win: 2010, 6-4
Southeast Missouri sports four batters hitting above .300 and has seen the emergence of Simone Patterson who is hitting .367 in just 26 games. Evan Sallis and Cheyenne Gipson share the team high of 29 runs scored and are the top two base stealers for SEMO. Gipson has swiped 17 while Sallis has 15 of her own.
The Redhawks have relied on Alora Marble and Shea Cothren to handle the majority of the work in the circle. Marble is in the top five in the conference with 160.2 innings under her belt. She is 11-12 with 76 strike outs and a 2.61 ERA. Marble has issued just 27 free passes this season, an average of one every five innings. Cothren is 5-9 with a 4.17 ERA and has 50 walks and 29 punch outs in 84.0 innings.
Hit It Run
Jennifer Givens has stolen 31 bases on the season and is one swipe away from tying Jennifer Culberson's single season best of 32 in 2009. Givens remains the top base stealer in the OVC.
Pitcher Shea Morris continues to lead the OVC with 156 strikeouts and has registered more K's than any other freshman in school history. The first-year standout ranks third on the TSU Single Season list behind Amanda Vaught's 261 in 2007 and 177 in 2008.
Making a Career of It
Tedra Alford continues to carve her name into the Tigers record books. With 13 games remaining on the schedule of her junior year, Alford is in the Top 10 of five categories. With 44 walks she now has the fifth highest mark in school history. The Griffin, Ga., product has moved into a tie for sixth in runs scored, 52, with Caitlin Eaton (2008-11) and is now tied for eighth with four former Tigers at seven in home runs. Defensively, she is eighth all-time in assists with 188 and is just one behind Nicole Arnold's (1996-2000) total of 189. Alford's highest ranking is fourth in hit by pitches. The infielder has been plunked ten times and is ten away from catching current student-assistant Brittany Webb (2008-11) who is third on the list with 20.
Staying Rehl Patient
Freshman Jordan Rehl leads the Tigers with 20 walks. Rehl has moved up the Single Season Base on Balls list and is now tied for fifth with Brittany Webb's 2008 total. Webb of 2011 and Erin Finneran of 2007 each walked 22 times and are next on the list tied for third.
1 for 100
Tedra Alford needs one base knock to reach 100 hits in her career and would become just the eleventh Tiger to cross the century mark. Keisha Felton (1994-97) is tenth all-time for TSU with 103. Tamara Perkins (2007-10) has the most hits in school history with 166.